Advent Devotions

Advent Devotions

The Board of Christian Education Adult Sub-Group wishes to thank all contributors of devotional writings. Your personal stories and touch give this series greater meaning. Special thanks to Dr. Tom Graves for his selection of scripture passages for each day and gracious willingness to edit. Wishing you a blessed Advent and Christmastide.

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Day Nineteen: Giving Love Away

Day Nineteen: Giving Love Away

1 John 3:16-18
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

Day Eighteen: Imitate the God of Love

Day Eighteen: Imitate the God of Love

From the simple verse, “God is love,” that we learned as children, those of us in the church are reminded over and over again that God loves us:

Day Sixteen: Love is a Verb

Day Sixteen: Love is a Verb

In Knoxville, Tennessee this summer, it came to me for the first time: the four Sundays of Advent flow in a logical, and to my way of thinking, a needed sequence.

Day Thirteen: Joy Seeds

Day Thirteen: Joy Seeds

A mother looks deep into the eyes of her infant son, as she holds his hands and pours out babbling baby-talk to him.

Day Ten: Serenity

Day Ten: Serenity

For many, myself included, this time of year can be one of melancholy, and with the days growing shorter, and the signs of lushness falling to the ground, it is easy to consider that the land itself feels the same way.

Day Seven: My Peace I Give to You

Day Seven: My Peace I Give to You

John 16:33
I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you face persecution.
But take courage; I have conquered the world!

Day Six: Let There Be Peace on Earth

Day Six: Let There Be Peace on Earth

Recently, Ken Burns’ PBS special on the Vietnam War brought into our homes the horrors of war with its gruesome cost in human life, national strife, and political upheaval.

Day Five: Christmas: A Time of Hope

Day Five: Christmas: A Time of Hope

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid: for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people.’” Luke 2:10

Day Two: I Hope

Day Two: I Hope

“I hope.”  These words may constitute one of the shortest prayers we will ever say. I don’t mean hope as it refers to wishful thinking.

Devoting Time to Anticipation

Devoting Time to Anticipation

The season leading up to Christmas tends to be a hectic one. We’re busy buying and planning and decorating for the holidays – and sometimes we just forget to stop and remember the depths of the spiritual meaning to these few weeks. The church season of Advent helps us...

Advent Devotions 2017

Advent Devotions 2017

Would you be one of our 20 writers this season? During this upcoming Advent season, I would like our church to reflect on the hope, joy, peace, and love Jesus brings into our lives. This year, our congregation will write a series of Advent devotionals that we would...

2016 Advent Devotions

Behold!: Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins Behold is an old-fashioned word we rarely hear these days. It's not in most modern translations of the Bible. Yet Pamela Hawkins says this word softens the edges of her heart. "I cannot...

2015 Advent Devotions

Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation Why do we celebrate Christmas? Why was Jesus born? What does Jesus’ birth have to do with my life? Embodied Light invites you to ponder our Creator’s daring adventure of becoming human and coming to earth to live...

Make New Life Possible with Giving

Here’s a thoughtful reflection on Luke 24:13-34, the encounter with Jesus on the Emmaus Road.  It was written by Annemarie Klassen and submitted by Sheryl Johnson. "Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the...

Song of Yourself

Today's Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-8 8Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. (NRSV) Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman It has...